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35mm f/1.4L- husband help

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Aug 10, 2006 22:48 |  #1

Hmmm, after a quite a bit of deliberation, I think I'm leaning towards a 35mm prime as my next lens. My husband nearly had a heart attack when he saw the price of the 1.4 though. I can't find many negative comments on this lens at all- in fact most are raving about it.

Background info to my decision making process is here:​ad.php?t=201648
Sorry to create another thread, but I thought I might catch the eye of 35mm owners better this way.

Can you supply me with as many comments/evidence that supports why this would be a good purchase, so maybe I can twist my husband's arm? (I noticed Bill aka englishw on here was worried about his wife's reaction to purchasing a 70-200... so I guess I'm not alone!) We have the cash, but I don't think he understands how such a little lens can be worth more than half my 70-200. FYI: I have a 350D (1.6 crop factor), Toki 12-24 and the 70-200 Canon which is Bill's recent purchase causing him so much grief. I do a lot of landscape work but also getting more into portrait stuff too.

Would the 35mm F/2 be a huge step down?

Are there any comparible non-Canon lenses that I could consider?

Thanks in advance.

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Aug 10, 2006 23:08 |  #2

Consider the Sigma 30mm 1.4

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Aug 11, 2006 00:18 |  #3

35mm L is AWESOME!!! just plain AWESOME!!!!! dont tell me you dont know how to get your hubby to cave in and feel good about it at this point in your relationship :):):)

Check on Pbase under this lens and show him the color, contrast and sharpness of this lens is why it is part of Canon's Holy Trinity (35L, 85L and 135L).

35 f2 is not bad, but its not the L. Sigma too, is not bad for the $$$, but its not the L. This lens is truly a remarkable piece of glass. great on a crop camera as you almost get a real 50mm FOV from it.

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Aug 11, 2006 00:41 |  #4

I will say this.. on a crop camera I didn't use it very often, but ever since I got the 5d it hasn't hardly left it. True 35mm is my favorite length, but on your camera it would be closer to 50, so if that is the length you want I say go for it otherwise get the 24:) Either way you get great iq with 1.4 speed, so it depends on the length you prefer

Canon 5d with 35mm 1.4L, 24-70mm 2.8L and 135mm 2.0L

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Aug 11, 2006 20:16 |  #5

Once I bought the 35L I just couldn't use my other lenses. It is such a great lens and fits the way I see the world. There is nothing like a great prime, and this is one of the best.

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Aug 11, 2006 20:19 |  #6

He hasn't been here for a while, but Roanjohn has photos with the 35 1.4 on here.​oanjohn/root (external link)

Usually around here, its about the wife. Now its the husband...

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